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A team of surgeons of Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, led by Dr. Anand Khakhar, performed the first simultaneous Liver - Intestine - Pancreas transplant in India!

30 Jun 2014

Surgeons at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai successfully attempted a multi-organ transplant, giving a middle-aged man a new liver, intestine and pancreas, on Thursday. The liver, intestine and pancreas of a 12-year-old boy, who was declared brain-dead, were transplanted to the recipient in a marathon 14-hour surgery.

Dr. Anand Khakhar, Programme Director, Centre for Liver Disease and Transplantation, Apollo Hospitals Chennai, said that the recipient, a resident of Chennai, suffered from liver disease and his intestinal venous system was occluded. "We performed a combined transplant of the liver, intestine and pancreas on him. It was a multi-visceral transplant," he said. The surgery commenced at 3 a.m. and ended around 5 p.m. on Thursday. Four senior surgeons were part of the team that performed the surgery. Doctors said they would have to wait to see the outcome of the complex procedure.